Today is the Main Character Blogfest, so I'll be introducing you to Kieran, from Lonely Hollow: Synthesis. Here's where you can find details on the blogfest and enter if you're so inclined: Author Elizabeth Mueller's blog. In this blogfest, we are to answer three questions in the voice of our MC.
Today, I'm pleased to introduce Kieran. His 16th year is rapidly approaching, though he's a bit indifferent about that. He was forced to grow up quickly after the village's parents were wiped out by the deadly saligia virus (SV). He now leads the village with the help of his best friends, Samara and Zane. They are the oldest residents of Lonely Hollow, the Alphas, except for Aaron, the last adult, who is dying and is rarely conscious at this point.
Warrior Muse: I'm just going to jump right into the big questions, Kieran. I hope you don't mind.
Kieran: I don't mind at all. I prefer to skip the small talk and get right into the meat of an issue.
WM: Great! What is your biggest fear?
Kieran: I guess I'd say right now I'm afraid of what will happen when Aaron dies. I'd rather not be in charge of anyone, let alone an entire village. I know we'll be able to keep up with the daily business of village life, but what then? I don't want to have to tell everyone what to do. Why should they listen to me? I'm fifteen years old.
WM: You hesitated for a moment there, Kieran. Do you have another fear?
Kieran: Not one I'd like to talk about.
WM: You agreed to be 100% upfront and honest in this interview; you promised Aaron. This session can only help you if are willing to lay everything on the table. What else are you afraid of?
Kieran: Fine. I'm afraid of losing those closest to me. I'm afraid they'll leave me, just like my dad did. He just walked away and never came back. Now, what was your second question.
WM: I'm sorry you have to worry about that. From what I've seen, the rest of the village has great respect for you. I don't think any of them will leave you. In fact...
Kieran: Next question, please.
WM: Oh, uh, sorry. My next question is a more positive one. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Kieran: Accomplishment? I can't think of a single one.
WM: Surely, you've accomplished something. Everyone has something to be proud of. It doesn't have to be recent; think back.
Kieran: Okay then, my biggest accomplishment has been surviving. I've survived, despite Aaron being in the medical center these last few months, despite my parents being dead. We've all survived. We're not hungry, not thirsty. We all have a roof over our heads. So that's my biggest accomplishment: survival.
WM: Wow, you're just a barrel of laughs, huh? I'll just get to the final question.
Kieran: Good, there's a lot to do, and it's not getting done by sitting here answering these ridiculous questions.
WM: Ouch. Alright then, moving on. What is your biggest regret?
Kieran: I'd have to say my biggest regret is not having the chance to say goodbye to my mother before she died. I never told her how much I loved her and appreciated her for being such a great mom after my father abandoned us. She deserved more than that.
WM: That's really sad. I'm sure she knew you loved her, though.
Kieran: I guess there's only one person who knows if that's true, and she's dead. Is that all the questions you have for me today?
WM: Well, yeah, I guess so. Is there anything else you want to talk about?
Kieran: I didn't want to come here to begin with. If we're through, I'll see myself out.
WM: Okay, thank you for...oh, well, he's already gone. I hope you enjoyed meeting Kieran. He's a serious guy, but I think you'd agree that there's good reason for that. If he'd just open himself up a bit more, I think I could help him. Oh well, there's always next time. Thanks for tuning in.